||"The name noborder is also
our program. We don't accept any borders. Commodities and money are floating
freely across national borders.
The same should go for people - for
whatever reasons: to escape political, racist or sexist persecution, civil
wars, poverty; to find jobs; or simply in search of a better live" (activist
from the European noborder network).
The European noborder network - an
attempt for practical resistance "Strasbourg" is the first attempt of the
European noborder network to organise a bordercamp collaboratively, with dozens
of very different groups from all over Europe.
Here's a bit of history
about the network. The increasingly restrictive harmonisation of asylum and
immigration policy in Europe has led to an increase in anti-racist grassroots
networking all over Europe. The European noborder network [www.noborder.org]
started 1999 at the protests against the EU migration summit in
Tampere/Finland. Demonstrations and direct actions against the European project
of deportation and exclusion were synchronised in 8 EU countries.
basis of this shared experience, the first noborder meeting was held in
Amsterdam, followed by Paris, Barcelona, München and Warsawa, with a
diverse bunch of participants (anti-racists, migrant self-organisations,
libertarians, direct action groups, artists, actors) from Spain, Finland,
Ukraine, Poland, the Netherlands, UK, Austria, to name only a few. Between
meetings, people circulate infos & calls for actions and discuss migration
and borders on an English speaking mailing list.
activities are circulating around two major campaigns: The website "www.deportation-alliance.com" connects campaigns against
airlines that make profit from the deportation business. The tactics of image
pollution has proved an effective tool in disturbing the EU's deportation
machinery. Through sharing the experience of long-lasting aviation campaigns
(against Lufthansa and KLM), resistance has gained new momentum at a time when
the political landscape seemed rather bleak. Bordercamps are physical
interventions in the brutal and often deadly border regime of Fortress Europe.
The anti-racist network "kein Mensch ist illegal" held its first bordercamp in
1998 as an intervention in one of the forgotten landscapes at the external
borders of Schengenland. Since then, bordercamps have been further developed by
social movements all over Europe. They have extended from external to internal,
from territorial borders to the virtualised borderlines in the stations and
airports, the everyday red-zones in the streets of the cities. The use of
communication technology (mailing lists, webmagazines, videostreams, radio) is
a crucial feature in the process of spreading the practical politics behind
slogans like: No one is illegal/Freedom of Movement for all. Mobile media units
like the PublixTheatreCaravan [www.no-racism.net/noborderour] integrate f2f and
virtual communication. The European noborder network attempts to coordinate
activities all over Europe. As they say on their website: "Our aim is always
not only to criticise, but to create Europe-wide structures for practical and